Robert LeGrande “Bob” Rice

Robert LeGrande “Bob” Rice

Farmington, Davis County, Utah, USA
Death 29 Aug 2007 (aged 78)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot Memorial Park 234-1
Memorial ID 21280929 · View Source
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Robert L. Rice, our loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather returned to the arms of his Heavenly Father on August 29, 2007. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at the University of Utah Medical Center in the University Village area of Salt Lake City, after courageously battling Multiple Myeloma Cancer for the past three years. Bob was born on August 15, 1929, in Farmington, Utah to LeGrande and Mabel Rice. His Mother was a Niece of Abigail Howe Young, the Mother of LDS Church President Brigham Young. He was the second of five children. As a child of the depression, Bob learned the value of hard work, integrity, and self reliance while working on the family dairy and hay farm. These qualities would be exemplified by Bob throughout his life. Bob graduated from Davis High School in 1947. It was while at Davis that he met the "Love of his Life", Joyce Talbot. They were married September 10, 1949, and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. They have been sweethearts and best friends for the past 58 years. They are the parents of six children.

In 1954 Bob won the "Mr. Utah Body Building Competition." His interest in health and physical fitness led him to open a small gym on 5th South and Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City. Through Bob's hard work and leadership, that modest gym grew into the "European Health Spas", which at the time was the largest health club chain in the nation. Because of Bob's efforts, millions of people have been introduced to physical fitness and enjoyed better health. In 1972, Bob was invited by President Richard Nixon to serve on the President's Council of Physical Fitness and Sports. Bob has received many local and national awards for his business achievements. Among these are The Horatio Alger Award, the Golden Plate Achievement Award, and the Utah Heart Association "Heart of Utah Award." Bob also was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Utah College of Business Hall of Fame. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Utah in 1999.

Bob was a Community Leader and a Philanthropist who gave generously of his time and resources to many worthy causes, including the Utah Symphony and Opera, Utah Youth Village, the LDS Church Missionary Fund, and BYU Hawaii. Bob's favorite philanthropic interest, however, was the University of Utah. In 1972, Bob and Joyce made a generous donation to the University's Athletic Department for the expansion of the stadium and for scholarships. The University honored him by naming the stadium after him. Bob and Joyce's work and generosity toward the University has continued since that time. At the time of his passing, Bob was serving on the University's National Advisory Board and was chairman of its Health Sciences Council.

Bob was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He gave freely of his time and energy to serve others in many callings, including Bishop, High Councilor, Stake President, and most recently as a Sealer in the Salt Lake Temple. In all of these positions, Bob thoroughly enjoyed the people he associated with and the service he was able to render. The accomplishment that Bob was most proud of was the family that he and Joyce have raised. Bob loved to be with his children and grandchildren, and he took great interest in all of their activities. Family trips to Lake Powell, Phoenix, Hawaii, and Sun Valley are rich with memories. He has tutored his family with his example of hard work, integrity, generosity, and humility. He has left a rich legacy for his family to emulate.

Funeral Services were held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, September 4th 2007 at the Mount Olympus Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 3862 East Oakview Drive in Olympus Cove. A Viewing was held at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary located at 3401 South Highland Drive in Holladay from 5-8 PM on Monday, September 3rd and from 10:00-11:30 AM at the Mount Olympus Stake Center Prior To The Funeral on Tuesday.
Graveside Services followed at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park in Holladay where he was buried.


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